Eric Bruce Nelson

September 30, 1942March 20, 2018
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Eric Bruce Nelson passed away on March 20, 2018 from complications of heart surgery. Eric was born on September 30, 1942 in Eugene, Oregon where he grew up hunting and fishing and learning lessons he would carry through life. He graduated from the University of Oregon in 1966 with a Masters Degree in Geology and went to work for Humble Oil in Corpus Christi, Texas.

This was the beginning of a long and distinguished career with Humble and Exxon that took him to many places around the world developing exploration prospects and making lifelong friends along the way. Eric retired from Exxon in 1997. He joined Port Bay Hunting and Fishing Club in Rockport, Texas soon after retirement where he made many friends and helped guide the club through difficult times.

Eric loved life and was one of those larger than life people who always had a good time and encouraged those around him to do the same. He loved people and would do anything for his friends. He especially liked helping and mentoring young people passing on his love of hunting, fishing and hard work.

Eric is proceeded in death by his parents and younger brother Oli. He is survived by his wife Anna Karin, brother Ted, sister Kay, nephews Allen, Lars, Vince, Bjorn and nieces Debbie, Becky, Anna.

A Celebration of Life Gathering will be held on Saturday March 24, 2018 at 2:00 pm at Forest Park the Woodlands; 18000 I-45 S. In lieu of flowers we encourage that you make a contribution to rebuilding the hurricane-destroyed Port Bay Hunting and Fishing Club Inc: 28103 Harper Creek Lane, Katy, TX 77494.


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Janet Nelson

May 13, 2018

My husband, Merlin Nelson, was Eric's uncle and they were great friends through their love of fishing. When Eric came to England in the 60's we were still living there and Eric would often come to stay with us in our little thatched cottage in Dorset. In addition to trout fishing, Eric would take our children, Claudia and Rolf, out to try to bag a rabbit or two with his bow and arrow. This really fascinated the children and they loved going out with him. Eric also volunteered to play cricket at a friend's childrens' sports day, even though he had never played the game before. It was typical of Eric to give children a good time. He and Anna also came to New Zealand for Merlin's 80th birthday celebration and caught some trophy trout. We all remember him with special fondness and send love to Anna.

Patricia Henderson

March 28, 2018

I met Eric in Norway as a new expat at Esso Norway. Stig Horvik was his friend and through our friendship all three of us became best of friends. I hung out with four or five other Norwegion women, Gunvor, Astrid, Lene, Anna Karin and Elizabeth and over the time of getting to know Eric I really felt he and Anna Karin would be good friends....and sure enough, they became a total partnership. It was always an adventure hanging out in the "wild" with Eric and Stig, ......once we were caught in a blizzard cross country skiing and both Eric and Stig used their outdoor skills and common sense to get us off the mountain. Another memorable time was when we were spring skiing and my dog, Oscar, a dachshund(who thought he was a full size hound)....fell into a hidden creek under the ski path and Eric saved his life. I believe Oscar was kinder to Eric after that....even though Eric felt otherwise!!! They definitely had a love/hate relationship. I sobbed when I heard of Eric's passing and I feel that we all take for granted the time we have left here....I have been complacent about keeping in touch , so it is with a heavy heart that I have not kept in closer contact with all my loved ones from Norway. Those years were so special to me. Eric, I hope you find Oscar up there in heaven and the two of you have a good walk together!! RIP are truly missed.

Ed & Cathy Duvall

March 26, 2018

I first met Eric in the early 90's through my father, Dick Duvall, after Eric had retired. Dad had said, "I want you to meet a guy I've been shooting clays with, you two have a lot in common and he would be a great addition to the January dove hunt that you organize every year. Well that happened and we became fast friends, bonded by our love of hunting and fishing. Soon Eric began joining Dick and me on hunting and fishing trips to the Port Bay Club in Rockport and we had many memorable trips to the club. In 1998, my 10 year old daughter, Rebecca, began joining us on duck hunts. We rotated hunting partners so everyone got to hunt in separate pairs over the weekend. We would hunt blinds within earshot of each other and get to watch the other group. One morning before Christmas, Rebecca began singing at the top of her beautiful voice: "It's the most wonderful time of the year. The pintails are flying. The redheads are dying. The teal live in fear. It's a most wonderful time of the year!" Eric's laughter boomed across the marsh accompanied by one of God's better sunrises. Eric was an awesome mentor to Rebecca and loved and supported her as a second father throughout her life. Our pain and heartbreak over losing him will take many years to subside.

Stig Horvik

March 23, 2018

It was with great sadness I heard of Eric leaving us this week.

My deepest condolences to Anna and his family during this time of sorrow.

Eric was my first mentor and supervisor at Esso in Stavanger, Norway in 1980. He led the exploration effort on held acreage and was a real friend and a truly great person to be around. Great intellect and humor. There are very few true explorers, but he was one of them. He had it in his bones. And he knew how to motivate and share his knowledge and experience with us new-hires. He was never afraid to speak his mind and provide his professional opinion. All trough my career with Exxon I could always call on him for professional and personal advice and support.

Eric was unique among the expats coming to Norway in that he really enjoyed the outdoors and spending time with his Norwegian colleagues after work. There were countless weekend trips to enjoy nature; mountain trips, fishing, hunting and skiing.
After his initial assignment in the early 80’s he came back for another exploration management assignment in the early 90’s. He bought a fishing boat “Trine”, and his first hunting dogs while in Norway: the English setters “Bruno” and then “Hauki”. But most importantly he found his love in life here, Anna.

Eric will be always remembered as a great friend and colleague, a true explorer, who thoroughly enjoyed our nature and people – a true friend of Norway.

Rest in Peace!

James Allen

March 23, 2018

Eric and I worked together at Esso Exploration in Walton-on-Thames in the late '70s. He was a great person to have in the office, congenial and knowledgeable both. I especially enjoyed the times outside the office, whether at the pub for lunch or at some function. Eric has loads of stories of his travels and previous postings. He was a engaging storyteller, and made this listener long for the places and adventures he'd had. Rest in Peace, Eric.

Jim & Gloria Davis

March 22, 2018

As long term members of the Port Bay Hunting & Fishing Club we have enjoyed many good times with Eric , Anna & their doggies. Eric was a great friend to many of us club members and served on the Board to further the success of Port Bay Club through participation in Port Bay Wetlands, LLC, which purchased land to maintain hunting rights for the Club. This assured club perpetuation at the time. Even though Hurricane Harvey did serious damage to the Club it will survive as the oldest entity of its kind by rebuilding. We will miss Eric immensely! We also send our love and prayers of support to Anna & family.

John and Nancy Roth

March 22, 2018

We have way too many wonderful memories of the times we spent together to chose just one. Thank you for all of them.
Love always,
John and Nancy